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FEB 26 (TUE) 6:30 PM
 
TAMPA, FLA.
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BULLS HOST NO. 13 SEMINOLES IN ANOTHER MARQUEE MIDWEEK AFFAIR

MATCHUP: USF vs. No 13 Florida State
DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tampa, USF Baseball Stadium
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TAMPA, FEB. 25, 2019 – The USF baseball team will look to make it two-straight wins over top-15 opponents at USF Baseball Stadium when it hosts No. 13 Florida State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  

The Bulls (3-4) are coming off a tough weekend on the road at No. 6 UNC. USF outhit the Tar Heels, 15-14, but suffered three losses by a combined four runs.

Junior righty Collin Sullivan (Randolph, Mass.) continued to be effective in his new Friday night role. He tossed 6.2 innings in the opener in Chapel Hill, striking out seven while allowing just one run.

Junior lefty Logan Lyle (Bartow, Fla.) retired all 10 Tar Heels he faced in relief in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. He struck out four and was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll Monday. Lyle has allowed just one hit and one walk through his first 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts.

Sophomore Baron Stuart (Okeechobee, Fla.) will toe the rubber Tuesday against FSU. Stuart tossed 4.0 scoreless and hitless innings with six strikeouts in the 6-1 win against then-No. 5 Florida last Tuesday. The offense had its best game of the year with 12 hits in that win.

The Matchup
Tuesday will mark the 88th all-time meeting between the Bulls and Seminoles. Florida State owns a decisive 70-17 edge in the series, but USF knocked off their in-state rivals in Tallahassee in 2017, 4-2. It marked USF's first win against FSU since 1989, ending a 15-game skid.

The Seminoles have played in Tampa just three times since 1998, and the 2019 journey will be legendary head coach Mike Martin's last, as he's expected to retire at the end of his 40th year. A record crowd of 3,615 packed into USF Baseball Stadium to watch the Bulls take on then-No. 2 Florida State in 2014. The Bulls have averaged 2,769 fans in their last three home games against FSU.

Know the Foe
Florida State is ranked in the top-15 in every publication heading into Tuesday, and as high as No. 6 in a couple. The Seminoles are 7-0 and hitting at a high clip. They are fifth nationally, scoring 11 runs per game and fifth with 13 homers. They lead the ACC with a .316 average and 18 doubles.

Freshman outfielder Robby Martin leads the team and ACC with a .536 average and five doubles. He's third in the country with 17 RBI. In total, seven FSU starters are hitting above .300. Reese Albert (.353) has eight RBI and six runs, Mike Salvatore (.333) has four doubles, 10 RBI and seven runs, and Nander De Sedas (.333) has 10 RBI with two homers and nine runs.

Lefty Antonio Velez will get the start for FSU. He's 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA and six strikeouts over 8.0 innings of work.

Nota-Bulls

  • Freshman Nick Gonzalez (Tampa) leads USF with a .300 average.
  • Senior Kyle Phillips (Orlando) leads the Bulls with six RBI and two doubles, hitting .286.

Bulls Bits

  • DID YOU KNOW?: USF has the only Division I coaching staff in the state of Florida in which every member was selected in the MLB Draft – head coach Billy Mohl (2006, Philadelphia); assistants Chuck Jeroloman (2004, Boston), Chris Cates (2007, Minnesota), Brian Jeroloman(2006, Toronto). The Bulls' coaching staff has a combined 25 years of playing experience in pro baseball.
  • FLORIDA'S FINEST: The Bulls knocked off the Seminoles and Gators on the road in the 2017, marking the first time in program history that USF defeated both on the road in the same year. The Bulls can defeat both teams in the same season with another marquee victory Tuesday night. If it happens, it would be the first time since 1989 that USF bested both programs at home in the same year.
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They need to come up with another "Did you know?"  and there's a lot or rain in the forecast for tomorrow.  We'll be there if it holds off

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9 hours ago, chapelbull said:

They need to come up with another "Did you know?"  and there's a lot or rain in the forecast for tomorrow.  We'll be there if it holds off

My guess is this game gets called early so the 'noles don't have to make the bus trip down only to sit and watch it rain.

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Guest Jonesy Bull

Mother Nature has made her decision!

Any chance this could get made up later in the year?  If not its too bad, we don't get these homers against UF and FSU all the time.

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7 minutes ago, Jonesy Bull said:

Mother Nature has made her decision!

Any chance this could get made up later in the year?  

Haven't seen anything yet

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Basically saying no make up date has been set.  Also congratulated Martin on his HOF Career.  Probably a long shot that this gets rescheduled, but haven't said that yet

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